In an increasingly privatised city, access to the arts is progressively an exclusive activity for its citizens and visitors.
Exhibitions and theatrical performances cost money to attend – and are expensive – and public arts funds are shrinking. In this worsening situation, public buildings take on more and more responsibility to provide for their communities.
This thesis explores the question: can the design of public arts buildings provide for communities excluded by privatisation? The architectural response is to design two adjacent buildings in Shoreditch; a permanent theatre and workshop building, and a more temporary, translucent structure, that sits under the railway and in between existing buildings. The design reworks underused spaces to find new purpose as rehearsal and flexible performance spaces, whilst making a new connection with the existing railway line to create a distinct piece of city and one characterised by accessibility.
Eleanor’s design interests fit into two categories: infrastructure and connection; or performance and play. This leads her to publicly owned and open cultural spaces, where design at its best facilitates something unexpected and exciting.
Outside of architecture, Eleanor loves to draw, dance and swim!